Siiiiiigh. Really? Already?
Here’s the main problem that I have with your statement.
There are a thousand ways to participate in punk that aren’t visible. Put in some dues? Here are some ways I’ve done that.
- lived in a punk house that booked a few shows a month
- lived in a punk house that put up, on average, four bands a week, fed them, gave them clean towels, and spent a ton of money on keeping coffee stocked. for a year and a half.
- booked shows at a collectively run punk space. cleaned said punk space. painted it when it needed a fresh coat of paint. built benches and storage there. ran the door. was one of only a few paying attendees at tons of shows there.
- drew countless flyers and did artwork for a lot of bands, usually for free.
- put myself out there to participate in really hard and heavy conversations about keeping spaces and our scene safe and accessible
- put out zines for the past ten years, worked with lots of zine distros, attended zine fests, and even help found and organize the chicago zine fest
- put out a monthly show calendar compiling diy shows in philly and contact a different artist every month to do the art for it
- attended hundred of shows, paid for them, bought merch, promoted my friends and other bands i like
- submit art to various diy projects and try to participate and support those in ways that I’m able
- went on tour and played road dog for bad banana and sourpatch
- joined a band with other rad women who also play huge roles in our community supporting others, booking shows, teaching young women and girls to play music, and playing in other bands
- joined a band with a woman who has played in bands and is currently in a really active band and has been writing songs for years.
For ten years, I’ve dedicated myself to supporting this kind of stuff and participating in it all sorts of ways.
What have you done? If your only answer is played in bands and wrote weird spiteful messages toward people who are stoked to be working on a new project, I might assert that you should put in some dues.
We’re getting asked to play some really awesome shows and a huge part of it is, get this, because of who we know. We KNOW that, and it would be silly for us to think otherwise. Because we’ve supported those people and have come up alongside them in this diy scene for years and years, they’re excited about the fact that we’re in a band and want to help us get going. We are all working on this big thing together. We’re all friends. We all respect each other and we’re stoked to see other folks doing new things.
If you have an attitude that doesn’t express that; for instance, one that feels dismissive or competitive toward new bands or bands made up of all women or bands that don’t have “heavy hitters” in it or one that is spiteful for other people receiving praise or attention, or one that feels like playing house shows are a stepping stone you have to get past to ‘get to the top, ‘you’re not a part of a community. You’re actively working against one.
really eloquent response to some jerk about what reads as ‘participation’ in punk by a lady i’m really lucky to know.